Windshield wipers and rear wiper blades have come a long way since wipers were first patented in 1903. Today a variety of materials and styles create a wide array of wipers to whisk away rain, dirt, and snow. During a regular visit for an oil change, or any other service, your dealer should check your windshield wipers and rear wiper blades on your Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle as part of the Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection.
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From the first hand-operated rubber windshield wiper to today’s automatic polymer blades, the wiper blade has evolved significantly in its 100-year-plus history. Today, most vehicles use a beam-style wiper blade, while vehicles manufactured prior to 2000 used a conventional-style wiper blade.
Often standard on model-year 2000 or older models, conventional blades have a limited number of pressure points against the length of the blade.
Beam blades have become more widely used in new-vehicle manufacturing. Lighter weight, fewer moving parts, and better aerodynamics make a beam blade the preferred wiper blade for more modern vehicles. The beam blade contours to the shape of the windshield and exerts pressure points across the length of the blade.
Ignoring or putting off the replacement of faulty wiper blades is one of the surest ways to turn a minor annoyance into a larger problem. Use the signs below to know when to replace your front or rear window wipers.
Skipping of the blade caused by warped curvature of rubber of old wipers
Rounded or peeling edge of the wiper blade caused by extended use
Bent wiper blades, often caused by ice scrapers or automatic car washes, can result in poor wiping
Blurry windshield caused by dry or dirty wiper blades
Cracked and/or split rubber caused by prolonged exposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays
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